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Constitution Review: NASS bows to Governors on refusal of LG autonomy

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National Assembly has directed the Clerk to the National Assembly, CNA, Sani Tambuwal to as a matter of urgency, transmit the 35 Bills that have so far met the requirement of the provision of Section 9(2) of the Constitution to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent in line with the provisions of the Acts Authentication Act.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly has eaten the humble pie by bowing to the 36 State Governors over the refusal of autonomy for Local Government Councils as proposed in the 44 constitution amendment bills forwarded to State Houses of Assembly for concurrence in March 2022.

With the forwarding of the 35 Bills to President Buhari for assent, nine have so far been rejected by the State Houses of Assembly.

Out of the 44 constitution alteration bills forwarded to State Houses of Assembly for concurrence, only 35 were voted for by 24 out of the 36 States Houses of Assembly with complete exclusion of Financial and Administrative autonomies for local government councils.

Twenty-seven State Houses of Assembly have however forwarded their resolutions on 35 constitutional amendment bills to the National Assembly, with nine states remaining.

The State Houses of Assembly that were yet to forward their resolutions to the National Assembly are: Gombe, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, and Zamfara.

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